Home > CR Reviews
Moxie, My Sweet
posted April 25, 2007
Mark Campos, David Lasky, Stefan Gruber, Tatiana Gill, Dalton Webb, Elijah Brubaker, Scott Faulkner, Kaz Strzepek, Sarah Galvin
FineComix, softcover, 80 pages, 2005, $6.95
This is a strange little literary magazine-sized anthology that came out in I believe 2005, but has only just now worked its way to the top of my review pile. If I understand the exercise correctly, the book involves stories or parts of stories from Mark Campos that are then taken and turned into full-blown comics shorts by a group of local Seattle cartoonists friendly with Campos, and, no doubt, familiar to one another. The end result is a real mixed bag of work: Campos' stories -- a stoner's extended fantasy, a longer musician's folk tale, a one-scene piece with a creature making doppelgangers out of pieces of trash -- are fanciful and light, and they vary wildly in an appealing way, but half of them are barely there and the more developed ones creak with a kind of whimsical cliche. None of the artists transcends the material with which they work in astonishing, stand up and notice fashion. A few distinguish themselves, particularly David Lasky and Kazimir Strzepek, and all of them display a quality that could be the basis of a long career. I guess there's an argument to be made that this kind of book serves as a snapshot of a time and a place, but in Moxie, My Sweet
the resulting photos feel vastly underexposed. At best one can imagine future fans of an artist or two someday tracking this down as a rarity, a sample of an earlier stage in their favorite's development.